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4-30-2010 @ 5:12PM
There is nothing thus far to indicate that casting a spell to use the buff would cause the entire Eclipse meter to drain. Not say that it isn't possible, but doing so would just be bad in practice. Either way, doing so probably wouldn't stop the 121212 rotation at all, and it certainly wouldn't cause balance druids to want to shift between both sides. If casting a buff spelled drains the Eclipse meter, then it is far more likely that druids simply won't go to the end of either bar. They'll cast one or two Wraths then a Starfire, rinse, repeat. Unless there is some absurd scaling on the buff (such as a single Wrath only grants a 1% bonus but casting 7 Wrath's grants a 20% bonus) then there isn't going to be any reason to chain-cast to buff a single spell.Balancing the scale around damage done is a great system, it just has a very major flaw. It is excessively difficult to balance out a resource system that relates towards damage done. Although the scaling gear issue is mostly to blame for it, look at how damage scaled in WotLK. Players were going 4k low end and 6k high end DPS in Naxx and now they are going 8k low end and 11k high end in ICC. Balancing a system around such wide variables to where it functions well in both extremes is excessively tricky. It would probably be easier to do for Eclipse than it was for Rage since Eclipse doesn't influence our ability to use spells, but it's still a very steep balancing margin. Further, a system where Wrath casts grant slide the Eclipse scale by a factor of 5 and Starfire by a factor of 10 (to use completely arbitrary values) doesn't have to be flat - nor would it. Haste would change how rapidly you gain or expend the Eclipse scale and crit could also influence it by causing a large shift. This adds the element of RNG into the equation, to where you'd have a 'rotation' but it would be somewhat flexible, and allows for the resource to scale. Also keep in mind that DoTs and Starfall should slide the scale as well. Thus far, there has been no mention of any form of drawback on Eclipse.
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